Incredulous Aryon

So I’ve been trying to keep to keep to a schedule of finishing a comic at least once every two weeks, but alas things have been pretty busy this week and I’ve overbooked myself. So you get a planning-stage sketch of an incredulous Master Aryon instead of a finished comic.

This is basically the face that Master Aryon permanently wears when dealing with Steen’s antics. His range of emotions is:

  • Incredulous
  • Flustered
  • Sarcastic

And usually some combination of all three.

This sketch is a plan for a punchline panel for a comic I have in mind. But then I realized that I have at least 3 comics planned that have this as a punchline, so maybe the “Steen drives Aryon crazy as a punchline” isn’t as consistently funny as I thought.

I’ve even found myself recently trying to do things in-game because I know it will get Steen in trouble with her mentor. One day I decided I would design a recall-on-touch spell, and then run around sending a bunch of randos into Aryon’s tower. I had the whole scenario planned out in my head. Master Aryon would walk in to see a bunch of people chatting and mingling in his tower, and then he’d immediately know that Steen was to blame, and then bust her because she was in direct violation of his no-parties rule.

“STEEN! I THOUGHT I SAID NO PARTIES!”

“This isn’t a party! It’s an experiment!”

“Whatever it is, I want them OUT!”

Imagine how heartbroken I was when I discovered that the game does not allow you to make a Recall on Touch spell. I get it, that would make fights way too easy, you could just teleport them away. But I feel like the game should have made an exception for me, because I just wanted to use it to throw a party in Aryon’s tower and get busted. I would never use it in actual combat situations! Just for mischief!

I’ve started planning an alternate scheme for throwing a party, though. It is much more tedious, but it will all be worth it when I end up throwing a rager at Aryon’s place. I cast Command Humanoid on touch, and then Levitation on touch, and then lure the guests one by one up into the tower. Unfortunately, this means that probably all the guests will have to be from Vos because it is close by, and that is less hilarious than having a ton of total randos at the party. Alas!

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West Fjords Road Trip

One of the segments of our Iceland trip was a road trip through the West Fjords.

Doc in a West Fjords Hotspring

Doc in a West Fjords Hotspring

Hot Springs in the West Fjords

Hot Springs in the West Fjords

Doc and the Necropants in the Sorcery Museum in Hólmavík

Doc and the Necropants in the Sorcery Museum in Hólmavík

Butterknot Charm in the Sorcery Museum in Hólmavík

Charm in the Sorcery Museum in Hólmavík

A Draug Coming out of the Floor in the Sorcery Museum in Hólmavík

A Draug Coming out of the Floor in the Sorcery Museum in Hólmavík

A Charm to Bring Storms in the Sorcery Museum in Hólmavík

A Charm to Bring Storms in the Sorcery Museum in Hólmavík

West Fjords Dolphins

West Fjords Dolphins

Ísafjörður Boats

Ísafjörður Boats

Úr álögum, in Ísafjörður

Úr álögum, in Ísafjörður

In Hólmavík there is a sorcery museum, which is about sorcery as practiced in Iceland during the Reformation Era. They have grimoires that describe staves for spells, etc.

They also have several exhibits where they recreate some of the spells that folklore says the sorcerers would do. Like they have a Draug coming out of the floor next to the spell for “Stave to wake up a Draug” and they have a model of the folkloric Necropants, etc.

They also talk about how Reformation Era Iceland was a very rough place. When the Vikings first colonized it, it was covered with trees, but since it is an island they eventually cut them all down. So by the 1600’s, you get stories like a guy being arrested for being accused of stealing another guy’s driftwood. Or a priest who got arrested for having a stave which was supposed to ward off sheep thieves. Tough times.

And also how the whole culture clash began, with the sheriffs going abroad to Denmark et al to go to college and study, and getting the ideas of sorcery being wicked and bad and suddenly they start persecuting what was previously just thought to be folk arts for luck and were now framed as evil sorcery.

In Ísafjörður, we got to visit Skóbúðin, the Museum of Everyday Life, which was spectacular!

We also got to visit some hot springs during this segment of the road trip.

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Sleepy Time

The very first time I had ever played Morrowind, I didn’t realize that I had the Tribunal DLC installed. The very first night that I slept on the very first time I had ever played Morrowind was in Caius’ bed (with his permission). I was tired and beat up due to my walk from Sedya Neen to Balmora. And then, of course, a Dark Brotherhood assassin attacked me immediately. This was confusing enough, but even more confounding was Caius’ refusal to assist me in any way.

So I got rid of all the DLC and played Vanilla Morrowind for my first playthrough, and didn’t install Tribunal or Bloodmoon until after I’d defeated Dagoth Ur. The proper way to do it, if you ask me! It doesn’t make any sense that you’d be targeted in this way when you’re some nobody fresh off the boat.

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